Normal processing time

1 month

Processing fee

DKK 3.440,-

What is the Pay Limit scheme?
What are the conditions?
What are my rights if I am granted a permit?
How long can I stay in Denmark?
What should I do if I lose or change my job?
Can my family be granted a residence permit?
What more do I need to know before I apply?

What is the Pay Limit scheme?

If you have been offered a job in Denmark with a high salary, you can apply for a residence and work permit via the Pay Limit Scheme.

It is not required that you have a specific educational background or that your job is within a specific professional field.

If you have requested asylum in Denmark and have been offered a job with a high salary, you can also apply based on this scheme. 

What are the conditions?

You must meet certain conditions to be granted a permit to stay and work in Denmark based on the Pay Limit Scheme.

It is a requirement that you have been offered a job with an annual salary of DKK 408.800 or higher (February 2017 level). You cannot be granted a permit based on the Pay Limit Scheme if you have been offered a job with a lower salary than the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount.

The requirement of an annual salary of DKK 408.800 or more must be met even if you take holiday without pay. If you earn holiday allowance paid to you in the following year, the holiday allowance cannot be counted as a part of the annual salary of the year in which you earned the holiday allowance.

The Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount is adjusted every year on 1 January.

Read more about the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount here.     

Salary up to and including the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount must be paid to a Danish bank account in a bank operating legally in Denmark. In the application form, your employer must declare that this requirement will be met.

Accordingly, your salary up to and including the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount cannot not be paid to you in cash or to a foreign bank account.

It is not a requirement that the transfer to the Danish bank account must happen from a Danish bank account.

There are no immediate limits to the type of bank account you can use. A currency account or basic bank account can both be used.

Your salary up to and including the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount can only consist of:

  • Basic salary
  • Payments to labour market pension schemes
  • Paid holiday allowance

 If you earn holiday allowance paid to you in the following holiday year, the holiday allowance cannot be counted as a part the annual salary of the year in which you earned the holiday allowance. 

Salary above the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount can consist of other salary components than basic salary, payments to labour market pension schemes and paid holiday allowance. For example, such components above the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount could be:

  • Paid living and housing expenses
  • Per diems
  • Free use of car
  • Paid phone
  • Paid internet
  • Benefits-in-kind
  • Subscriptions
  • Other services offered to you by your employer.

The requirements for salary components and payment only apply to salary up to the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount. If your salary is higher, you and your employer can freely determine the composition and payment of the part higher than the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount.

Payment of salary above the Pay Limit Scheme’s minimum amount does not have to be paid to a Danish bank account.

It is a requirement that your salary and terms of employment correspond to Danish standards. This means that your salary, holiday entitlements, terms of notice etc. must not be inferior to the standards within the professional field where you are going to work.

When you apply, you must attach a copy of your employment contract or job offer. All terms of employment must be stated in the contract or the job offer.

If SIRI has any doubts whether your salary and terms of employment correspond to Danish standards, we can ask experts in the field, e.g. one of the regional labour market councils, to assess your terms of employment.

In some cases, it is required that you have a Danish authorisation. For example, you need to obtain an authorisation from the Danish Patient Safety Authority if you are a medical doctor.

You can read more about the professions which are regulated by law here.

 

What are my rights if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed to do with a Danish residence and work permit via the Pay Limit Scheme? – and what are you not allowed to do?

You are only allowed to work in the job and in the company that you have been granted a permit to work in.

Please note that your work permit can expire before your residence permit. This happens if you have been granted a permit to stay in Denmark for a period of time while looking for a new job.

It is important that you do not work during this so called job seeking period as it is only intended for job seeking in Denmark.

If you are offered a new job, you must apply for a new permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position within the same company.

If you wish to take a sideline job, you have to obtain a separate permit. You can read more about sideline employment here.

A Danish residence and work permit does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries [link].

A residence and work permit based on the Pay Limit Scheme allows you to stay in Denmark for the period of time your permit is valid.

In addition, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within the latest 180 days period. The permit, however, does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

You must not give up your Danish address or stay abroad for longer than 6 successive months. A violation will result in the lapse of your permit. This means that you will lose your right to stay in Denmark.

If you need to stay abroad for an extended period of time, e.g. if you are stationed abroad for a period of time by your employer, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing. 

You can read more about permit lapse and dispensation options here.

You must be able to support yourself and your family during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. social security benefits.

If you or your family members receive such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.

If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.

You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to free Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 years and have your Danish address registered in the Danish National Register.

Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language center.

If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality.

You will be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.  

If you are going to stay and work in Denmark, there are a number of things to acquaint yourself with. Depending on your personal situation, you might need other important information and options.

The portal lifeindenmark.dk provides you with information, links and in many cases also options concerning the most important subjects such as:

  • NemID
  • The CPR register
  • Health card
  • Tax matters
  • Holiday entitlements
  • School and daycare
  • Housing
  • Danish lessons
  • Car registration and driver’s license 

How long can I stay in Denmark?

If you apply from abroad, you can be granted a residence permit valid for 1 month before you start working. It will give you the time to settle in Denmark. When you apply, you must declare that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members during this time.  If you do not declare this, your residence permit will be valid for 14 days before you start working.

If you apply in Denmark, your residence permit will be valid from the day you start working.

If you are employed for a shorter period than 4 years, your residence and work permit will normally be valid for the period of your employment. If you wish to continue working in Denmark after this time, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit.

In addition, you will automatically be granted a 6 month job seeking permit allowing you to look for a new job in Denmark.

You are not allowed to work during your job seeking period.

If you find a new job, you must submit a new application based on the new job – it can either be based once again on the Positive List or it can be based on another of our work schemes. When you have submitted your application based on the new job, you do not have to wait for your permit before you start working. You can start your new job on the day you submit the new application.

If your employment contract is extended, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit.

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.

If you submit your application for an extension in time, you can stay in Denmark and continue to work even though your permit is expiring.

If your employment is for a period of 4 years or more, you will normally be granted a permit valid for 4 years. If you wish to continue to work after the first 4 years, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit based on the extension of your employment. 

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.

If you submit your application for an extension in time, you can stay in Denmark and continue to work, even though your permit expires before SIRI makes a decision on your application for an extension.

A residence permit can only be valid until 3 months before the expiry date of your passport.

If your passport has a shorter validity than the otherwise possible period of stay, your residence permit will be shortened. This means that the validity of your residence permit will be shorter than it could be. When you have renewed your passport, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit – however, this can only be done 3 months before your permit expires at the earliest.

Read more about the passport requirements.

What should I do if I lose or change my job?

When you are granted a permit via the Pay Limit scheme, your residence permit is linked to your job in Denmark.

You must always inform SIRI if you lose or change your job.

Your work permit is limited to the employment that is the basis for your permit.  You are not allowed to work in other positions than the one stated in your permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position in the same company.

Please note, that there are special instructions for employers in cases of change in position within the same workplace. More about that here.

On the instructions page “Your situation is changing”, you can also find examples of the situations in which changes in position within the same workplace requires of you to apply for a new residence and work permit.

You must inform SIRI if you lose your job. Your residence and work permit will be revoked as it is based on this exact job.

However, if you become unemployed through no fault of your own, e.g. due to cutbacks, you can apply for an extra 6 month residence permit allowing you to look for a new job in Denmark.

You must apply for a job seeking permit no later than two days after your employment ends.

You are not allowed to work while you have a job seeking permit.

If you find a new job, you must apply for a new residence and work permit based on one of our work schemes. When you have submitted your new application, you can start working even though you have not been granted a permit yet. More about this job change rule here.

If you find a new job while working in Denmark, you must submit a new application for a residence and work permit with information on your new employment. When you have submitted your new application, you can start working even though SIRI has not granted you a permit yet.

Can my family be granted a residence permit?

A residence and work permit based on a job in Denmark allows your family to come with you to Denmark.

A permit can be granted to your spouse, registered or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home.

Read more about accompanying family members here.

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit on the basis of work is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). If you are in Denmark when submitting the application, you must be here legally. More about submission here.

As a general rule, you must have an employment agreement with a company registered in Denmark to be able to apply. However, there are certain exceptions, e.g. if you work for a foreign company that provides services in Denmark.

Before submitting your application, you must create a case order ID for your application and pay a fee to cover SIRI’s case processing expenses. You can do this on the “How to apply” tab to the right. Here you also find the relevant application form, AR1. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient.

Your employer must fill in one of two parts of the form – and if you use the online form, your employer must be the first to fill in his or her part. When your employer has completed his or her part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your employer must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

If you have granted your employer power of attorney to handle the application on your behalf, your employer must use the AR6 online form. This form is only filled in by the employer. 

SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.

Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

It is important that you have carefully read the conditions for being granted a residence permit before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.

If you are a commuter and will not be residing in Denmark and for this reason will only apply for a work permit, you do not need to create a case order ID or pay a fee. Instead you kan go directly to step 3. Read more about commuting here.

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

The Pay Limit Scheme

Fee:

DKK 3.440,-

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Only certain applicants are exempt from paying a fee. If the immigration authorities decide at a later stage that the applicant/appelant is not exempt from paying a fee, the application/appeal will be rejected.
If you have payed a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been payed, the whole fee will be refunded.

In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have payed a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.

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Order payment form

On this page you can order a payment form which you can use to pay the fee at a post office or in a bank. 

The payment form will be sent to the address you give below. 

It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the check list below.

If you submit documents not written in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.

You must submit:

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30 minutes

completing the application

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You and your employer are each required to complete a part of the form.

 

 

In this step you and your employer have access to the relevant application forms. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient.

Make sure that you have completed all the preceeding steps before you begin.

All our application forms contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.

 

Online applications

If you apply online, you must choose between these two online application forms:

  • AR1 online, in which you and your employer each are required to complete separate parts of the form

  • AR6 online, in which you grant your employer power of attorney to apply on your behalf

In the AR1 online form your employer must complete the first of the two parts of the form. When your employer has completed his or her part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your employer must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

In the AR6 online form only your employer must complete the form

Read more about power of attorney and download an approved power of attorney standard here.

Make sure you have all documents ready in digital form, in order to attach them as you complete the application form.

 

Use the online form AR1                    Use the online form AR6

 

 

Printable application forms

In the printable application form AR1 your employer must complete part 2 of the form. When your employer has completed his or her part, you must complete your part. Once parts 1 and 2 have been completed, they must be submitted together – read more in the next step.

You must submit the necessary documents with the application.

The printable application form in Word format can be completed on screen before you print. The application form in pdf format must be printed first and then completed by hand.

Download the printable form AR1 (Word format) 

Download the printable form AR1 (Pdf format)

You have applied online

If you have applied online, your application has already been submitted. Read more about having your biometrics recorded in the next step.

 

You are are submitting the application abroad

The application can be submitted to a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country where you are residing.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can hand in your application

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

 

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to submit the application in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa
  • is exempt from the visa requirement or
  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can submit the applicaton in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also submit the application at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

If you plan to submit you application I SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

See a list of local police stations, where you can submit your application.

You can also send the application to SIRI.

When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit.

If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

Read more about biometrics here.

 

You have applied online

If you have submitted an online application form, you must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you submitted your application.

Your biometric features can be recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad, at a Danish local police station with facilities for recording biometrics or in SIRI’s Citizen Centre.

If you are unable to have your biometric features recorded within the time limit of 14 days, because you are unable to book an appointment at a Danish diplomatic mission, you can inform us by email of the appointed time you will have your biometrics recorded. This way you can avoid having your application rejected.

 

You are are submitting the application abroad

If you submit an printable application form, you can have your biometric features recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country, where you reside.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ list of diplomatic missions or application centres where you can have your biometric features recorded.

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer you to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

If you submit your application to a Norwegian diplomatic mission, you must also submit two passport photos. If you are later granted a residence permit based on your application, you must within a specific time frame after your entry to Denmark have your biometric features recorded.

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

 

You are submitting the application in Danmark

If you are residing legally in Denmark, you are normally able to have your biometric features recorded in Denmark. This is the case, if you:

  • hold a valid visa

  • is exempt from the visa requirement or

  • already hold a valid residence permit.

Read more about the legal residence requirement and submission of your application in Denmark. 

You can have your biometric features recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. 

If you plan to have your biometrics recorded in SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment.

If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can have your biometric features recorded at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

See a list of local police stations, where you can have your biometrics recorded.

If you are a commuter and does not reside in Denmark and for this reason will only apply for a work permit, you do not need to have your biometrics recorded.

Read more about commuters here

You have submitted your application succesfully if you have:

  • created a case order ID
  • paid the fee
  • submitted the application
  • had your biometric features recorded

You can see the normal case processing time to the right on this page. When we make a decision in your case, you will receive an answer.

SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.

Read more about what you can expect while you are waiting for an answer.

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